Word – Selecting Text Vertically

Selecting text in Word is normally achieved by starting at the beginning of your text and whilst holding the left button down on your mouse dragging it to the right (horizontal).  However, you are able to select text vertically.

For example, you may wish to delete something from the same position on each line, something in a list perhaps, i.e. vertically

There are a couple of ways to do this.

  1. Select the first set of text and then holding down the CTRL key select the next, and so on.

However, there is an easier and quicker way by using the ALT key.

  1. In the example below we wish to select all the dates for the training courses to change the formatting.
  2. Position the cursor in front of “Sept 2016” and click the left button of the mouse. Press the ALT key whilst hold down the left button on the mouse and drag down to select all the dates.
  3. You can either apply formatting or delete the text.

vertical selection

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